Deaf Rights

Deaf Rights

Experience is that deaf people are frequently discriminated against because of poor understanding within organisations, especially the DWP. Many staff appear to think that hearing technology replaces natural hearing. If you feel you have been the victim of discrimination then we may be able to help.

This is a case our Director helped organise in his previous job for National Deaf Children's Society. It means that many deaf PIP claimants can get two points for washing and bathing: PIP the meaning of safely . The case has huge implications for PIP claimants generally because the Upper Tribunal decided that whether something can be done "safely" depends on the severity of the consequences if something went wrong. The DWP had been arguing that a deaf claimant who had to remove their hearing aids or cochlear implant processors to shower could bathe safely because fire was unlikely to happen whilst they were in the shower.

Here is another case from our Director's previous job. It established definitively that deaf PIP claimants can score on both Activity 7 - communication - and Activity 9 - engaging with other people face to face. Before this case the DWP kept saying deaf claimants could only score on Activity 7:

Deaf claimant can score on activities 7 and 9

Initial advice is free and there could be the option of a no win no fee agreement if you wanted one.


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